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john leopold. he resigned after being found guilty of misconduct in office. he used his private security detail to run personal and political errands and take him to sexual encounters. she's the current economic development chief. it runs through 2014. continue to get slammed by an intense and widespread winter storm. already places in kansas and oklahoma under more than a foot of snow. sleet and freezing rain also mixing in causing big problems for a lot of areas. so far, two deaths are being blamed on this storm. we checked with all the local airports and right now there aren't many delays or cancellations on flights out of reagan, bwi or -- as it churns east, check online and with your airline before you leave. there were a handful of washington-bound flights canceled. all flights out of kansas city international canceled last night and flight aware.com reports that today alone, more
than 250 flights are canceled as a result of the storm. let's see if the storm impacts our weather. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. here's tom. >> good morning will we'll have a light impact from the storm system that's been in the midwest. ahead of that, the clouds rolling in and temperatures are cold. we are down below freezing around virginia, delaware, west virginia. upper 20s to near 30 degrees. that includes montgomery, arlington, fairfax. >> leading edge of the precipitation. there's a mix in west virginia. the areas in the white and gray, just a few flurries trying to reach the ground from near charlottesville to richmond. it's gradually advancing east, northeast. but it's coming into very dry air. it's going to be tough for any precipitation to fall had morning. maybe a few scattered flurries northern shenandoah valley. now the leading edge of that. hour by hour this morning, a cloudy sky with dry pavement. below freezing temperatures through 9:00 or so. by noontime, into the mid-30s.
we might have a few scattered flurries around as we get into the middle part of the day and during the afternoon. look at that tonight in ten minutes. a look at traffic with danella now, good morning. >> good morning. if you're making the trip this morning, out of charles county, well, check in with local roads for you. if you're traveling along 210, 223, barry road, nice and clear. heading to the beltway now, beltway and prince george's county, st. barnabas road in both directions. travel lanes are open. no construction. no accidents right now. that's very, very good news. continuing the beltway this time traveling the outer loop towards 50, you can see here nice and clear. even the beltway in montgomery county as well as virginia not seeing incidents at this time. i'm back in ten. aaron and eun over to you. thank you, eun. melissa has breaking news right now. >> attorneys in the oscar pistorius are arguing about whether the disabled athlete is a flight risk.
they just returned to o court from a ten-minute break. they're in the middle of day four with this hearing. they want him held without bail. pistorius thought his girlfriend was an intruder. a decision on bail expected today. his lawyers need to prove there's an exceptional reason for him to be freed. melissa mollet, news 4. boeing meets with the faa today to get the troubled 787 dreamliners back in the sky. the airline manufacturer set to present its solutions for the battery problems that have plagued several of its planes last month they grounded all of the dream lierns across the world after two separate incidents. boeing is losing $200 million a month in delivery payments until the planes can take off again. nevada police are still looking for one of the cars involved in this fiery crash on the las vegas strip which was the result of a shooting spree between two cars.
police say that yesterday morning an argument in the valet area of a hotel led to people shooting at each other in two vehicles. one crashed into a taxi, which then burst into flames. the driver of that car and the driver and the passenger in the cab died. three other cars also crashed and the other car ka involved in the gunfire exchange took off. we're following a developing story in a sign of possible progress to a vied the see questions trags. t t we are still working to find out what the side said. but white house describes them as good conversations. 4:34 right now. if you like going to the national zoo, you might notice major cutbacks if a budget deal is not in place soon. according to the "washington post," the zoo may have to consider closing a major exhibit if it drags on long enough.
the zoo won't elaborate which exhibit it would shut down. itould have to rethink major projects, including acquiring cheetahs in front royal, virginia. civilian employees at the defense department are facing furloughs if the sequestration takes effect. it isn't the government workers that feel the effect. a lot of businesses that depend on the employees are seeing bottom lines impacted. they're adjusting how they spend money as they brace for possible pay cuts. one business owner says it feels like we're in another recession. >> i mean, do they fix a car or buy their medicine or buy their groceries or pay their mortgage? whatever they have left over, they hunker down on because they don't know what tomorrow is bringing. >> tens of thousands civilian defense department workers could face one furlough day a work starting in april. that's a 20% pay cut. news 4 will have you covered as the showdown continues. we'll bring you every
development as the march 1st deadline approaches. you'll also be able to find updates at nbcwashington.com. 4:35 now. lawmakers must consider changes to gun control laws in maryland. late last night a state senate committee approved a measure banning anyone from owning a handgun if that person had been involume untearily committed to a mental health pa silt. the legislation now dps to the full senate for debate next week. efforts to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for transportation projects come down to today. the general assembly will had vote on the most sweeping transportation reform bill in the commonwealth in nearly three decades. a committee negotiated the measure this week. it would replace virginia's gas tax with a wholesale tax on gas. raise the commonwealth's sales tax and impose a fee on hybrid cars and shift about $200 million a year from the general fund. this morning, a recall you
look at this again. are you kidding me sm. >> what? no way. >> absolutely incredible. front flip, half court shot. a william kerry university cheerleader has only tried that shot a handful of times. but thursday was the first time went in on the ohm court. the 21-year-old junior also plays soccer and says she mimicked the shot after the front flip throw-in soccer players do and of course, the video has gone viral on you-tube and her friends think she's a superstar. >> awesome. suit up, get out there on the court. >> make something happen. i don't know what the team is doing. but she's clearly a winner. >> time for weather and traffic on the 1s. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here with our forecast. good morning, tom. >> good morning. right now 4:40. temperatures are below freezing just about everywhere. that includes the nearby suburbs, prince george's county around 30 degrees.
upper 20s in montgomery county. arlington, fairfax near 30 degrees. district of columbia also right near the freezing mark. we have storm team 4 radar just a few flurries in the shenandoah valley. panhandle of west virginia and from richmond south and west of there. right around the metro area, no precipitation now. through the day today, chance maybe of a flurry 8:00 a.m. through noon. then a bit of a mix perhaps by late afternoon. maybe a little snow and sleet melting on roadways. maybe just a light coating on some grassy areas as we get into the evening hours maybe a little light snow and sleet. changing to maybe a little light icing. areas north and west, i'll show you that zone and we'll look at the seven-day coming up in ten minutes. a look at traffic with danella. good morning. checking on roads. if you're traveling in virginia making your way from stafford, all the way north, i'll give you a live look as you head past the occoquan river bridge. north and southbound clear. hardly any volume. northbound looks like a lot of lights. again, no major delays. checking for construction,
roadwork as you head to the beltway of the travel lanes are open. travel ton 395 northbound between edsall and seminary. nice ride to the 14th street bridge. aaron and eun. >> thank you, danella. we're tracking breaking news after an explosion near a movie theater in india. >> you saw it as breaking news here. now wa we're learning about the fire that left a father and two children dead. why you may not soon face almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one
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[ anouncer ] ihop. everything you love about breakfast. you want that don't you? i'm melissa mollet at the live desk right now. 15 people are dead, 119 at least injured after two bombings in india. take a look at this. police are now searching for evidence in the attack. the bombs exploded minutes apart in a crowded shopping area in the south. the blasts also shattered
storefronts, scattered food and plates from roadside restaurants. right now, police are saying there was a jenna lert about the possibility of an attack somewhere in india for the past three days or so. this is a first major terror bombing in india since 2011. we'll keep an eye on this for you at the live desk. melissa mollet, news 4. students in prince george's county are finding emotional outlets as they deal with the grief of two students killed this week. suitland high school hosted a concert last night for the community. it comes after the death of ninth grader charles walker jr. someone shot and killed him in hillcrest heights monday. then the next day another student was killed at suitland high school. students say the concert is a bit of a distraction from what's been an emotional week. >> nobody really been to school and the people who has been to school, i've seen people crying
and like other people saying you look like him. i thought, i saw him and just everybody is just crying and upset. >> police arrested five people in walker's murder but no one yet in kidd's case. grief counselors have been there all week and may remain into next week if necessary. also in prince george's county, investigators say a house that burned killing a father and two daughters did not have working smoke detectors. the story was breaking yesterday morning when a home on leslie avenue erupted in flames. the mother and an 8-year-old are expected to be okay. an 11-year-old girl is still hospitalize ds. the cause of the fire is still being investigated. a family member tells news 4 that the family had kerosene heaters in the home. we're hearing from d.c. fire on what it says happened to a man. durand ford sr.'s family says he had to wait a half hour for an ambulance while he was having trouble breathing.
the ambulance came from maryland. d.c. fire and ems admits there was a delay but admits medics were on the scene within ten minutes. also says the ambulance that transported ford was from the district, not maryland. the family says it's been billed for $700 for the service. officials say that was not a bill, it was a request for insurance information. today a historic new statue will arrive in town. a statue honoring civil rights pioneer rosa parks will be the first ever full size statue of an african-american woman in the capitol. it's cast in bronze and stands about 9 feet tall. it will be part of the national statuary hall collection. it will happen next wednesday. president obama will speak at that ceremony. first lady michelle obama will appear on late night with jimmy fallon. she's busy spreading the word about her let's move campaign. she can take on fallon in a fitness challenge. this month marked the three-year
anniversary of her healthy living initiative for kids. >> i don't think i'd do too well against her either. a major recall that may make you want to put down your breakfast. 38,000 pounds of pork sausage, it's recalling grault any mild pork sausage rolls. smithfield packing company based had virginia is warning that their products may contain small pieces of plastic. the recall effects 11 states, including the district of columbia and maryland. incredible video that might convince you to keep the safety bar down on the chairlift when you go skiing. check this out. this is 17 year oiled jacob gutierrez hanging from a chairlift in new mexico. he slips off after trying to throw a snowball at his friends. after 6:00 of trying to pull himself back up, he plummets 45 feet to the ground. amazingly, essa live. he did suffer a lacerated liver,
tears in both lungs a hairline skull fracture and a gash in his forehead. he is expected to make a full recovery. this video has nearly 900,000 views on you-tube. sorry. as a parent, it's hard to watch. i'm thinking, okay, maybe my kids shouldn't go skiing ever. terrifying. >> you're supposed to sit there. that's it. >> with the bar down. >> stay there and wait to get to your destination. >> he's so lucky. >> 45 feet. 11 minutes before the top of the hour. frustration mounting for the capitals and caps fans. the team let another wind slip away last night. >> rebound, score sclat -- the new jersey devils scored two goals in two minutes to steal away the victory. 3-2 the biggest factor in the loss, penalties. some of which players didn't agree with.
>> we did everything we needed to. unfortunately, there was too many calls. >> what was the view of too many penalties? >> i'm not discussing. i don't feel like getting fined tonight. >> we were robbed a little bit. two points, one point, anything kind of was taken away from us there. okay. little angry there. the caps can't try -- can try to get the points back tomorrow night. they'll play the devils again here in d.c. you may notice one of the wizards top players missing from the lineup if you watch them take on the nuggets tonight. jordon crawford is no longer a wizard. the team traded him to the celtics. washington gets leanne barbosa. collins rarely got playing time in boston. >> it will be a good situation for jordan. he might get an opportunity to go to a bet approximator team and help them. it will allow us to continue on the path we're trying to build in the locker room and good work ethic and team play where
everybody is on the same page and wanting to play for the same reasons. >> okay. crawford has been the wizards third leading scorer but hasn't appeared in the past four games. will be the final day of practice for the nationals before their spring training season begins. the nats take on the mets tomorrow afternoon. first pitch is scheduled for just after noon. the nationals open the regular season april 1st against the marlins. so exciting. >> tom kierein is brushing off his red hat ready to hit the field down there. >> may be brushing snow off of it too later today, here anyway. not there. we're starting off though, no problems as we get off to work and school on this friday morning. it's cold. our temperatures in prince george's county around 30 degrees. it's near 30 arlington, fairfax. upper 20s in montgomery. district of columbia, most locations are around 30 degrees. elsewhere, we have temperatures around the shenandoah valley and out of the mountains. most locations mid and upper 20s right now.
farther south and east, much of southern maryland, eastern shore, northern neck near 30 degrees. storm team 4 radar showing precipitation. the area in the gray is just some flurries. a few light flurries trying to reach the ground. the air is extremely dry. the moisture coming in aloft, much of itvaporating by the time it reaches the ground. had west virginia, those locations are getting sleet and wet snow. in the northern shenandoah valley, the gray zone, panhandle of west virginia, maybe a few light flurries from the sky. it is extremely dry. mostly cloudy through the morning. just a slight chance of a flurry. a greater chance much flurries and maybe sleet by mid to late afternoon. highs before then early afternoon maybe upper 30s. then a likelihood of some snow and sleet this evening that may put down a light coating here in this light blue zone including washington. fairfax, arlington.
the darker blue zone maybe an inch of some snow and sleet. a little light icing from freezing rain on some of the elevated surfaces. central shenandoah valley into the mountains. the storm team 4 four-day forecast. all of this changing over to rain. rain likely tomorrow, ending tomorrow night. sunday, sun returns. 30s in the morning. afternoon highs near 50. more of the same on monday. maybe rain again on tuesday. cloudy wednesday. might get snow thursday. stay tuned. keep you posted on that. i'm back in ten minutes. danella now with first 4 traffic. >> good morning. still pretty quiet in the area. happy friday to you. i'm just realizing. i love fridays. crossing over the bay bridge, route 50 nice and clear. travel lanes are open. no accidents. let's head inbound 50. a live look by 50 and 301. your travel lanes are open. no issues to report from bowie to the beltway. landover road to new york avenue
again in both directions. you're clear. if you're -- no reports, anything to warn you about right now. i'm back in ten minutes. we'll check your rails then. danella, it could be a long ride on the orange line this weekend. four stations will be closed on that line. the vienna, dun loring and church stations will shut down at 10:00 tonight. you'll be able to take a shutting. there will be single tracking between friendship heights and van ness. all the work should be done by monday morning. we're learning more about a mow tension lawsuit against disgraced cyclist lance armstrong. on the same day he admitted in an interview with oprah winfrey to using performance-enhancing drugs, the head of the anti-doping agency lobbied the justice department to join a lawsuit against armstrong. the lawsuit was filed by armstrong's former teammate floyd landis. the justice department hasn't announced if it will join.
under armor is going after nike. it's suing the competitor arguing that nike is misusing under armor's new slogaslogan, l it claims nike has been using i will at the start of phrases on several of its ads. nike has not commented on that suit. it won't comment. >> it's your lifeline when there is an emergency. >> 911 can't solve all problems. coming up at 5:20, the unusual call for help that got a little boy in a lot of trouble. the local lawmaker giving pot smokers a reason to light up. why the district is not re
a baltimore lawmaker wants to make maryland the latest state to legalize marijuana. he introduced legislation making pot legal for anybody over the age of 21. the bill also creates a system to regulate and tax it like alcohol. the revenue that tax generates would help pay for treatment programs to prevent substance abuse. vote ners colorado and washington state legalized marijuana in those charge. a rare charge in a drunk driving case in southwestern virginia. police charged a woman riding in the back seat with driving under the influence. now, officers say she grabbed the steering wheel and caused a crash in bedford county near
roanoke. the car ran off the road and flipped. four people went to the hospital. d.c. is preparing to make a push to keep the fbi in the district. mayor vincent gray will propose the agency relocate to an area known as poplar point on 295 in southeast. it's a piece of property already owned by the federal government and is accessible by metro. it is the future home of the u.s. coast guard headquarters. it would bring in relatively little tax revenue for the district. the fbi will had begin looking for proposals next month. stay with us. "news4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. breaking news on whether or not oscar pistorius will be let out of jail. we're tracking the impact this winter storm will have in the d.c. area starting in a few hours. good morning everyone. i'm aaron gilchrist. i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday febar